07/25/14 10:08am
Metrorail train arriving at King Street Metro

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of July 25-27 with service adjustments on the Red Line only beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver Line service begins Saturday, July 26 at noon. Orange, Silver, Blue, Green and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont with additional trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

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07/24/14 2:33pm

You’ve seen the first three ads for the Silver Line at this link. IMHO, this is the best one yet. See our other posts on the Silver Line at this link.

Via WMATA

The ad was created as a celebration of the Silver Line, and features the song “Escapee” by Architecture in Helsinki. The dance movements were choreographed by Michael Stokes, a D.C. resident, and the ad was filmed at the new Wiehle-Reston East station, inside the transportation center on the north side of the station, and in the neighborhood adjacent to the station. It includes thirty dancers from the National Capital Region – ages 8 to 78 – including Mr. Leo, a 78-year-old resident of Forestville, Maryland, who credits his longevity and great dance moves to healthy living.

Fifteen Metro employees are also featured – including bus and rail operators, Metro Transit Police, station managers, and car maintenance staff – all of whom have been recognized for their dedication to safety and exemplary customer service. Also included are two local business leaders – Michael Caplin, Executive Director of the Tysons Partnership, and Jim Corcoran, President and CEO of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

07/24/14 2:24pm

Free Regional Museum Open Houses to commemorate War of 1812

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The British are coming…Again! It is time to prepare for this British invasion and learn more about the effects of War of 1812 on Alexandria and Washington region during the Muster the Militia weekend. As part of the Star- Spangled Summer, visit area historic house and history museums to learn about this little known, but important, war that solidified our nation as the United States of America.

On Saturday, July 26, visit Alexandria’s Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, The Lyceum, and the Carlyle House to learn more about Alexandria’s role in the War of 1812. Why did Alexandria surrender? Who was left in town to defend the city? Museum tours and War of 1812 exhibits will be offered free, from 1 – 5 p.m. Also take advantage of a special one-day only Alexandria War of 1812 Walking Tour offered by Boy Scout Troop 1865 starting at 1 p.m. Tours will leave from Market Square, corner of King and Fairfax Streets, every half hour and last 30 minutes.

On Sunday, head to Gadsby’s for a special Family Day! All families are invited to tour the historic tavern as Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 4 through 7, share their enthusiasm for history. As part of the War of 1812 commemoration, kids of all ages are welcome to build a boat. Tour times are 1 – 4 p.m. and cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 -12). No reservations necessary. Activity included in tour price.

Participating sites in Maryland and the District throughout the weekend include:

  • Dumbarton House Museum (DC)
  • Historical Congressional Cemetery (DC)
  • National Museum of American History (DC)
  • Octagon Museum (DC)
  • White House Historical Association (DC)
  • Darnall’s Chance House Museum (MD)
  • Riversdale House Museum (MD)

While war was declared in 1812, it was not until 1814 that it reached Alexandria’s shores. On August 29 Alexandrians awoke to find 138 guns of the British squadron “but a few hundrd yards from the wharves, and the houses so situated at they might have been laid in ashes in a few minutes,” as described by the residents. The British promised not to destroy the town if the citizens surrendered all naval stores, shipping, and merchandise being exported. Alexandria agreed, under much scrutiny by the nation. However, it was thanks to the actions on both sides that the “Old Town” of today is still preserved.

The City of Alexandria and community partners are commemorating Alexandria’s role in the war through lectures, concerts, and specialty tours, culminating in a free Signature Event in Waterfront Park on Sunday, August 31, 2014 from noon—5 p.m.

For more information about the Regional Muster the Militia Day and additional commemoration events, visit www.dcwarof1812.org or www.visitialexandriava.com/1812.

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07/24/14 1:32pm

0 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria - The Beachcombers Restaurant

UPDATED 1:45 PM: Story on gambling

With the news this week of the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) FINALLY agreeing to sell their existing building in a land swap deal, I thought I’d post about the building the boat club is moving to before the existing building is torn down and a new ODBC clubhouse is built.

The original building was called the Beachcombers Restaurant which later became Potomac Arms. See the fantastic presentation below from Alexandria Archaeology volunteer Diane Riker (see others at this link) on this site.

Here are some stories of the building that I have heard and as I post this around the web, I’ll be sure and update this post as well. What do you know about the building? Share your stories below…

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07/24/14 12:52pm
DASH Bus

On Sunday, July 27, DASH bus will implement the following schedule changes:

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  • Saturday service frequency will increase to every 30 minutes between Landmark Mall and Seminary Plaza

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  • Minor timetable adjustments to improve schedule adherence

AT3-4 Loop

  • Minor timetable adjustments to improve schedule adherence

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  • Saturday service timetable adjustment to improve coordinator with Metrobus 29N service along Duke Street
  • Sunday service, last eastbound trip extended to King Street Metro

NEW AT9 Crosstown Route: Click this link for details.

Please refer to the new DASH Ride Guide with the BLUE cover for routes and schedules, visit www.dashbus.com/routes for a pdf of the DASH Ride Guide and routes, or call (703) 746-DASH (3274).

07/24/14 12:16pm
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This is an update to this post.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a sexual battery that occurred in the 3100 block of Duke Street on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., police were called to the CVS Pharmacy for a man who assaulted and woman while they were both inside the pharmacy. The suspect reached underneath the skirt of an adult female and attempted to remove her underwear. Officers responded to the scene and immediately apprehended the suspect.

Abayneh Yemer, 25, of Alexandria was charged with Sexual Battery and Attempted Object Sexual Penetration. He was held without bond.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to contact Detective Chris Perry with the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6191.